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minutes. >>> connecticut governor dan malloy has declared today a day of mourning in his state marking one week since the shootings in newtown. he's called for a statewide moment of silence at 9:30 a.m. and has asked churches and places of worship to ring their bells 26 times in honor of the sandy hook victims. on wall street, the nasdaq will also observe a moment of silence. about an hour later at 10:45 a.m. this morning, the national rifle association will hold its news conference outlining what it calls meaningful contributions to make sure something like this never happens again. >>> the president's task force on reducing gun violence already getting to work. vice president joe biden met with cabinet members and law enforcement officials yesterday as he prepares to deliver recommendations to the president no later than january. >> you know better than anyone what is needed out there and what, i think the public has learned about you is you have a much more wholistic view of how to deal with violence on our streets and in our country than you are ever given credit for. >> speaker boehne
this morning. the latest is coming up in a second. from accuweather the story of the week, in connecticut, that tragedy. and one week after the massacre, how the nation will pause today and remember the victims as the debate over gun violence continues to intensify around the country. another somber occasion in what's been an extraordinarily somber week. >> for me it doesn't even feel like a week. >> no. and you can imagine in newtown, it doesn't feel anything like christmas should feel. just horribly sad. we'll bring you the latest coming up in a second. >>> also this morning, the people who are insisting that the end of the world is happening today, all this talk about the end of the mayan calendar has some people doing some rather drastic things. >> so far so good. we're looking all right. >> we're here. >> we'll see what the rest of the day brings. it's been fun in case we're not here later. >>> and later, if there is a later, simon cowell has a brand new reality of his own. something is going on behind the scenes and it involves someone very special. you will not believe who simon co
in connecticut, you're still going to need the house judiciary committee to sign off on it. that's the reality. >> mark, how long does he have the gavel if he's as, you know, "the washington post" suggests today he might be the weakest speaker in modern american history. and then he decides to roll his own conference and do a bill that more democrats are going to support than republicans. that's not a great plan to bring down to hc5 when you caucus together, trying to pick the next speaker for the republican party. >> it's not. i don't think he's looking forward -- they're doing a signing ceremony in the rose garden standing with the president. but remember, big business wants a deal. a lot of people -- a lot of taxpayers, when they see what's going to happen in january, are going to want a deal. speaker boehner's going to have to do something that almost no republican leader has done in the last couple years, which is to say my party is going to have to understand that this is a more centrist country than their views. we need a deal. and he's going to have to do it. i don't see any other alte
you after christmas. >> reporter: the governor of connecticut is calling for a moment of silence this morning to mark one week since last week's mass shooting in newtown. president obama and many states plan to observe that moment of silence today. funerals for six more of the 26 victims were held yesterday. mourners continue to pour into the small connecticut town to pay tribute and remember the lives that were lost. nbc news will provide live coverage of today's moment of silence with a special report at 9:30 eastern. today, the national rifle association will hold a news conference later this morning addressing the massacre. the nra has been largely silent since the shooting. >>> yesterday a private funeral was held in new hampshire for nancy lanza, the woman who was murdered by her son adam before he drove to sandy hook elementary school and killed 20 children and himself. >>> now here's your first look at this morning's dish of scrambled politics. nbc news has confirmed that former south carolina governor mark sanford is planning to run for the house seat that congressman ti
in a wheelchair. >>> and next, we turn to the day-to-day in newtown, connecticut, where 26 children and teachers were gunned down. today, there were five more funerals. and tomorrow will be a day of mourning across connecticut. at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow, a moment of silence to mark the one-week anniversary of the tragedy. >>> and also today, vice president joe biden began his task of curbing gun violence in america. he called in cabinet officials, police chiefs and law enforcement experts to give him ideas. and one of those men was the chief of police in baltimore, maryland, jim johnson, who said it's time to stop letting anyone who wants to fire off dozens of bullets without even having to reload. and he shows abc's john quinones the mere seconds that could save lives. >> reporter: they come in cases of 20, 30, even 120 bullets. maximum fire power packed into high capacity magazines. >> a lot more fire power. >> reporter: when the magazine is loaded into a weapon, a shooter can keep firing until it's empty. by then, the damage can be devastating. and this is why the police chief in baltimore county
after the massacre, many will pause this morning to remember what was lost. bells across connecticut will toll 26 times at 9:30 this morning, marking the exact moment when terror invaded sandy hook elementary school. governor dan malloy called for a moment of silence at that hour. and asked places of worship with bells to ring them once for every person shot to death in the school. clergy say they will do the same to honor the victims. and many governors asked residents to observe a moment of silence. yesterday, friends and family said good-bye to four more children. 6-year-old catherine hubbard, allison wyatt, jesse lewis, and benjamin wheeler. >> there should be no reason for a coffin that small. >> reporter: teachers were also laid to rest. murphy was found shielding some of her students. during her service, roman catholic cardinal timothy dolan of new york, compared her sacrifices to jesus. family members of 6-year-old emilie parker launched lanterns for each of the victims at a memorial in ogden, utah, last night. >> there's no reason for us to be here tonight. >> reporter: the
divided we stand. 26 lives lost in a connecticut elementary school, and a nation at a cross roads, from the passion to the anger to the obsession. what comes next for america and its weapons? from the global resources of abc news, with terry moran, cynthia mcfadden, and bill weir in new york city, this is a special edition of "nightline" -- a day in the life of the american gun. >>> good evening. i'm bill weir. so how does it feel to live in the most heavily armed society in human history? do you take fear or comfort from the fact that this country holds three times more gun stores than mcdonald's restaurants? for many, it took a slaughter of 26 women and children to start talking about the 34 americans shot to death every day, and that talk has many others lining up to buy their first gun. so at this moment of national conversation in a search to understand the complexities driving both sides, "nightline" teams fanned out across one nation under the gun and deeply divided. philadelphia, 7:30 p.m. sergeant john hoyt works overnight. a shift that makes a reasonable man question how
in connecticut is outrageous and horrible. all of us are just very saddened. >> see the rest of this sequence -- segment at c-span.org. >> io am davejkeane president of the national rifle association and i would like to welcome you to begin our discussion of the topic that has been on the minds of american parents across this country. that is -- what do we do about the tragedy of the sort that struck in newtown, conn. to avoid such events in the future? like most americans, we were shocked by what happened. like all americans, we have been discussing all of the various options that are available to protect our children and, at this point, we would like to share our thinking with few. that purpose, i like to introduce wayne lapierre our executive vice president. at the end of this conference, we will not be taking questions that next week, we will be available to any of you who are interested in talking about these or other issues of interest. contact us, please, at that point, thank you very much. wayne? >> good morning. the national rifle association, 4 million others -- mothers, fathers, so
, connecticut, and across the country are doing to pay tribute. >> reporter: here in newtown and beyond, a moment of silence and tolling of bells at 9:30 this morning at houses of worship across the country. bells rang 26 times, honoring the memories of 20 children and 6 women. from the president, a message to immediately address introduce laws on gun control. >> i want to take a minute to respond and let you know, we hear you. >> reporter: and for the first time since the tragedy, we'll hear from the national rifle association this morning, in a news conference that's been billed as a promise to be, quote, meaningful contributions to make sure this never happens again. it's a discussion that abc's cynthia mcfadden had with new york city mayor, michael bloomberg, on "nightline." >> you hold them responsible? >> well, i hold you and me responsible. i said that we didn't pay attention to what our legislators were doing. they, as well. but i don't absolve you or me. all of us. >> reporter: this is church where the bells tolled. as we remember the victims today, hundreds of schools across t
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